Macron to unveil plan for French military instructors in Ukraine during Zelenskyy’s Normandy visit

Macron promises to present a plan of deploying his troops in Ukraine
Macron promises to present a plan of deploying his troops in Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron will officially announce his plan to deploy French military instructors to Ukraine next week, he said while visiting Germany, DPA reported on May 28.

The plan will be revealed during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to Normandy to commemorate the Allied landings during World War II, Macron indicated.

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“We will speak very precisely at that time to announce what we are going to do,” Macron said, referencing previous "uncoordinated and unfortunate communication" on the issue.

French readiness to send troops to Ukraine

France is prepared to send instructors to train Ukrainian military personnel, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, General Oleksandr Syrskyi, said on May 27, after a conversation with French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu.

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Syrskyi expressed hope that other countries would join the initiative.

Discussions about French instructors are ongoing, and Ukraine is currently preparing documents to expedite the process once a decision is made, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry later clarified.

The deployment of instructors to Ukraine has been under discussion since February 2024, but no decision has been finalized, the French Defense Ministry told Reuters.

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Sending Western military personnel to Ukraine in the future could not be ruled out, Macron said on Feb. 26.

While most Western allies have publicly rejected this idea, the French government later explained that French troops might participate in defending certain borders, conducting training, or providing ground-based air defense.

Macron ruled out French soldiers engaging "directly on the front lines."

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